The 10 Biggest Cloud Stories Of 2012


6. Google Goes To Full Cloud Services

Google is taking over the world, so it might as well include the cloud in its domination. That's the feeling of some, anyway.

In June, Google unveiled Compute Engine, a cloud infrastructure-as-a-service that places it in competition with Amazon Web Services and other service providers that help businesses migrate their IT resources to the cloud.

The step made sense for Google as Compute Engine leverages the company’s worldwide data centers and infrastructure.

The company already offers a suite of cloud-based products and services, including Google App Engine, Google Drive and Google Docs. With Compute Engine, Google can now become a full-service, cloud-based technology provider, an outcome endorsed by Google partners.